Rufty-Holmes Senior Center
 December 2014 Events Newsletter 

Holiday Decorating Party

Monday, December 1 beginning at 1:00pm. Join members of the Ambassadors Club in decorating the Senior Center for the holidays. Decorations provided. Pre-registration is not necessary.

Giving Tuesday 

Tuesday, December 2. Join in national "Giving Tuesday" by supporting a local charity for the holiday season. Tax-deductible donations can be made to Rufty-Holmes Senior Center to benefit the operating fund, capital fund, endowment fund or scholarship fund.  

Operation Senior Christmas

Clubs and organizations, as well as interested individuals, are invited to "sponsor" a deserving older adult through Operation Senior Christmas in December. Operation Senior Christmas is a joint project of several older adult service organizations in the community. A special Christmas tree will be displayed in the Center beginning on Monday, December 1 with the first names of needy older adults in our community and their suggested wish list. Willing sponsors take a name from the tree, purchase items on the list, and return these to the Center by Thursday, December 18.   Contact the Front Desk for more information. 

Bus Trip to Blandwood Mansion & Bob Timberlake Gallery

Thursday, December 18. Motor coach leaves Rufty-Holmes Senior Center at 9:00am for an exciting trip to Blandwood Mansion's gardens, museum, and farmhouse, with its 19th century art, architecture and furnishings. After a Dutch-treat lunch in the area, the next stop will be the lovely Bob Timberlake Gallery and gift shop in Lexington, NC. The Gallery showcases Timberlake's original artwork, reproductions and personal memorabilia, as well the popular home furnishings collection that has made him a familiar name in homes across the country. We will return to Rufty-Holmes Senior Center around 6:00pm.


Cost is $30 per person which includes motor coach transportation, and admission to Blandwood Mansion. Interested older adults need to pre-pay at the Senior Center in order to reserve a seat on the bus. Reservations are first-come, first-served, and you can pick your seat assignment at the time of purchase. You must be a member of the Center to purchase a ticket. If it is more convenient, you can also pay by credit card now as well as with cash or check.


Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, December 3 at 3 p.m. A seated waiting line will be provided in Addie Rhem Morris Room B beginning at around 1:00 p.m. for those who arrive early. Bus trips are sponsored by MedExpress Pharmacy of Salisbury. 

Winter Arts Christmas Concert

Thursday, December 18 at 3:00pm. Sponsored by Pruitt Health Hospice, Gegorek & Associates Realty, and Carillon Assisted Living.   Listen to a beautiful harp and flute music concert with symphony musicians Helen Rifus and Gay Tatman. After the concert, guests can enjoy a display of seasonal artwork from local older adult artists who attend various classes offered at the Center. Refreshments will be served. Registration is not required, and there is no charge to attend. 

Christmas Movie

Monday, December 22 at 2:00pm. Sponsored by Victory Wealth Management for interested older adults. Come out and enjoy "An Evergreen Christmas," rated PG, our big screen, complete with popcorn and drinks. Free. (Motion picture license # 12137390).  

Health & Wellness Program Christmas Luncheon

Wednesday, December 3 at 11:30am. Open to all men's and women's Health and Fitness club members, aquatic class participants, land class participants, personal training participants, and machine usage participants. Please join us for a covered dish luncheon. Drinks will be provided.   Bring your favorite food, see old friends and meet new ones during this holiday season. After lunch, we'll play corn-hole and oversized tic-tac-toe. You may also win a door prize. Register in the Fitness Annex or Aquatics Facility. 


Wednesday, December 17 at 1:00pm. Presenters from several state and local agencies will be at the Center to provide information on avoiding being scammed or a victim of fraud during the holiday season. Multiple sources of fraud will be explored including investments, charitable giving, Ponzi schemes, Internet-based fraud, mail fraud and theft, identity theft, telemarketing, sweepstakes offers, and home repairs. SCAM JAM is sponsored by the Salisbury-Rowan Chapter of AARP and Rufty-Holmes Senior Center. The event is free and open to all adults. Pre-registration is requested by calling the Center's Front Desk at 704-216-7714.

Pre-Retirement Seminar - "Leisure Activities Including Volunteerism & Civic Engagement":

Monday, December 8 at 7:00pm. The last in our series of fall seminars for those considering retirement in the near future. Join Susan Musselman, Senior Center Program Manager, to review your options for spending your time constructively to benefit yourself and others. The Pre-Retirement Seminar Series is sponsored by Rufty-Holmes Senior Center and the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce for any interested adult. There is no charge to attend, but registration is requested by calling 704-216-7714. 

New Classes 

Cooking for New Beginnings - Healthy Holiday Soups: Friday, December 12 at 11:30am. Don't wait until the New Year to start eating healthy. Learn to make healthy hearty soups for the holidays with Certified Nutritionist Wendy NaPant. Wendy is a Holistic Health Coach who uses fresh healthy foods to encourage healthier food choices. Manage your time & stress level. Learn to cook using simple tasty dishes. The cost of the cooking class, including the healthy meal, is $12.00, payable to the instructor at the beginning of class. Call 704-216-7714 to register. Space is limited.


Handmade Holiday Cards -Tuesday, December 2 at 2:00pm. Complete six handmade holiday cards in one two-hour workshop session. All supplies will be provided. Cost is $13 per person payable upon arrival. Instructor is Daphne Houghton. Advance registration is required by calling the Center at 704-216-7714.


Mind Aerobics Art Class - An introduction to mass drawing, pastels and sculpture is explained and demonstrated by professional artist Robert Toth. Explore the novelty that keeps the brain alive through the inspiration that art can give you. Monday afternoons from 2-4pm. $10 per session payable to the instructor.

Watercolor Workshops - Monday evenings at 7:00pm with Frank Saunders. Receive individual guidance and benefit from group instruction as you work on your own watercolor projects. $12 fee per session payable to the instructor.   Pre-registration is not required.

New Computer Classes

Register at the Front Desk. Payment for computer classes is requested prior to the first day of class. Participants must be members of Rufty-Holmes Senior Center. A minimum of four people is necessary to hold a computer class. Call 704-216-7714 for information.


Treat yourself to some refresher classes this month. All classes are for members who have previously taken a computer or tablet class here at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center. These classes are not for those new to using computers or tablets.


Refreshing Basic Computer Skills: Thursday, December 4 from 1:00-3:00pm or 4:00-6:00pm. This class will allow you to refresh your skills on specific items on the computer. Maybe you need a little help on Microsoft Word setting up pages for documents you type; or maybe you're having some trouble working through sites on the Internet. Bring a list of things on which you want to work, and we'll attempt to clear up any confusion. Remember, this class is only for those who have already taken a computer class with us earlier. This is not a class for new students. Class fee is $10.


iPads:Thursday, December 11from 6:00-8:00pm. Not doing much except playing games on your iPad? There is no better way to learn new things you can do than to talk with other iPad users. This class is for those who have taken an iPad class here at Rufty-Holmes recently. Make sure your iPad is charged and ready to go, and that you know your passwords. Class fee is $10.


Android Tablets: Tuesday, December 16 from 6:00-8:00 pm.        Have you had your tablet a while but still having some trouble downloading apps? Maybe you just want to learn about some new apps? How do you find the best ones? This class, for those who have already taken an earlier Android Tablet class, will give you the opportunity to share ideas with others who have Android Tablets. Be sure you have your tablet charged, and that you know your passwords. Class fee is $10.

Outdoor Adventure Club - Trip to Dan Nicholas Park

Friday, December 12. Meet at Dan Nicholas Park at 9:30am in the parking lot for Shelter #8.   Two hikes will be offered. The Volksport Trail will be led by Beth Foreman, and is an easy to moderate two miler.   The other option will be Volksport Plus Persimmons Trail at a faster pace for four miles, as led by Elbert Klutz.   Afterwards, the group will meet and drive over to Jimmy's Lakeside Restaurant for a Dutch-treat lunch.   Dress appropriately for the weather. Participation is at your own risk. New participants will need to complete an information survey at the Front Desk. In case of inclement weather, call the Center, as the outing may be postponed.   To register for this activity call 704-216-7714.

On-Going Exercise Program Opportunitiese Class Openings

One may join one of our on-going senior exercise classes after screening and consultation with the Fitness Staff. A variety of offerings is available at different levels, and includes Senior-Lite Jazzercise, Coed Fitness, SilverSneakers Classic, Strength-ercise, Cardio Strength Training, Tai Chi, and Chair Yoga. Strength and aerobic fitness equipment is also available for use, with trained staff accessible to provide an orientation and instruction. Inquire at the Front Desk for more information or call 704-216-7714.


AQUATIC EXERCISE CLASSES: Currently registered participants will use the pool at Trinity Oaks Retirement Community during December while the Center's pool is repaired and resurfaced. New students can enroll during December for classes beginning in January at the Center. Contact the Front Desk for details.  

Blood Pressure Screenings

Wednesday, December 3 from 9:30-10:30am.  Free  blood  pressure    readings and consultation for interested older adults. Provided by retired Geriatric & Adult Nurse Practitioner Gail Kimball.  

A blood pressure kiosk is also available for use in the Fitness Annex anytime during normal operating hours, sponsored by Novant Health Rowan Medical Center.

Chair Massage

Twenty-minute sessions are available at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center on Friday afternoons by appointment with Travis Alligood, LMBT.  Cost is $12 per session. To schedule an appointment call 704-213-6059.

Club Meetings This Monthtober Club tings


TOPS Chapter - Each Monday at 9:30am

 Men's Breakfast Club - Each Tuesday at 8:30am

Rufty Holmes Lady Liners - Each Tuesday at 10:00am

Creative Needles Group - Each Wednesday at 9:30am except Dec 24

R-H Computer Club - Each Thursday at 10:00am except Dec 25

Woodcarvers Group - Each Thursday at 1:30pm except Dec 25

Overeaters Anonymous - Each Thursday at 6:30pm except December 25

Evergreen Bridge Club - Each Friday at 1:00pm except Dec 26

Golf Association of Rowan Seniors - Monday, December 1 at 8:30am

Ambassadors Club Covered Dish Luncheon - Monday, December 1 at noon

Seniors Morning Out - Thursday, December 4 at 10:00am

AARP Carry-In Luncheon - Thursday, December 4 at 12:30pm

Men's Breakfast Club Holiday Dinner - Thursday, December 4 at 6:00pm

Busy Bees Craft Club - Friday, December 5 at 10:30am

Rufty-Holmes Garden Club - Monday, December 8 at 2:00pm

Walk-Abouts Luncheon - Tuesday, December 9 at 1:00pm at CG Family Restaurant

Rufty-Holmes Board & Staff Dinner - Tuesday, December 9 at 6:30pm

Better Breathing Club - Wednesday, December 10 at 1:00pm

Seniors Without Partners - Thursday, December 11 at 9:00am

Starry Night Quilters - Thursday, December 11 at 6:30pm

Southside Extension Homemakers - Monday, December 15 at 10:00am

Ole Rowan Fiber Guild - Monday, December 15 at 6:30pm

Rowan Doll Society - Tuesday, December 16 at noon

Salisbury-Rowan Quilters Guild - Thursday, December 18 at 1:00pm

Carolina Artists - Thursday, December 18 at 7:00pm

Duke Energy Retirees Luncheon - Friday, December 19 at 11:00am


Lunch Clubs

Rufty-Holmes Senior Center offers six locations throughout Rowan County for adults age 60 and older to gather for lunch, fellowship and educational programs Monday thru Friday. Principally funded by federal, state and local aging grants, there is no charge to participate, but donations are encouraged and accepted. For more information, call 704-216-7702.

"Are You Okay?" Service

Sign up for free daily automated telephone safety checks through the Center by calling 704-216-7704.

Monthly Grief Support Group

Wednesday, December 3  at 9:00am. Grief support group sessions provide opportunities for people who have experienced the death of a loved one to meet others who are experiencing similar losses. Members come together to normalize and validate their experiences of grief, to find strength and coping skills, and to eventually regain a sense of hope. The grief group is facilitated by Susanna Lund, MS, LPC, ATR-BC, and is sponsored by Rowan Hospice & Palliative CARE.   Pre-registration is not required.

Assistance with Hearing Needs

For individuals who are hard of hearing and need assistance with hearing devices or telephone communication. Sponsored by the NC Division of Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing. Call to get a time for an appointment at Rufty-Holmes by calling 1-800-835-5302.

Legal Assistance

Several times a year an attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. will be available to meet with interested persons at the Center by appointment to provide assistance in non-criminal matters (family law, public assistance, housing, consumer protection, etc).  The service is free to low-income adults age 60 or older, provided with regional funds from the Area Agency on Aging.  For information, and to schedule an appointment, call the NC Legal Aide office at 1-877-579-7562 and identify yourself as an older adult residing in Rowan County.

Veterans' Services

The Rowan County Veterans Service Office is located at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center. Service Officers Elaine Howle and Rick Johnson are available to meet with Rowan County veterans to assist them in applying and receiving all VA benefits to which they are legally entitled. For an appointment, call 704-216-8138 (Elaine Howle) or 704-216-8139 (Rick Johnson).

Appointments for Ombudsman Assistance

Patricia Garner Cowan, CIRS-A, Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman from Centralina Area Agency on Aging, will be available on the third Wednesday of each month  from 9:00am-12:00 noon to answer individual questions related to long term care. Call Rufty-Holmes Senior Center at 704-216-7714 to set up an appointment.

Gold Cards

Rowan County residents age 62 and older can obtain passes to attend home Rowan-Salisbury Schools athletic, musical and drama events free of charge. These can be obtained at the Front Desk at the Center with a photo ID. Get yours now for fall school events.

Insurance Information Program Assistance

Rufty-Holmes Senior Center is the Rowan County location for the Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) operated by the NC Department of Insurance. Staff and trained counselors are available to assist individuals and families with impartial information on Medicare supplemental and prescription drug plans by appointment. Call 704-216-7700 for more information.

General Information & Assistance

Staff members are available to assist individuals and families with general information and assistance in utilizing various community services available to older adults.  If you have a need, call the Senior Help Line at 704-216-7700. 

This 'n That

Enjoy BELTONE BINGO every Tuesday from 1-3pm for $1.50. 

SENIOR GAMES SHUFFLEBOARD practice will be held on Friday, December 5 from 8:30am-11:30am.

Enjoy CARD & GAME DAY Thursdays from 1-4pm. Free with refreshments as provided by Liberty Commons.

BROADCAST BINGO is available for Rowan County adults age 60 and older. Win prizes by listening daily to "Senior Moments" on Memories 1280 Radio. Call 704-216-7707 to enroll and for more information. Free.

"SENIOR MOMENTS" are aired daily Monday - Friday at 6:25am & 10:25am on Memories 1280 WSAT Radio.





INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY: In times of inclement weather, Rufty-Holmes Senior Center seeks, first and foremost, to insure the safety and welfare of participants and staff. The decision to close early, or not open the Center and Lunch Club sites, is made by the Executive Director based on weather conditions at the time and local forecasts. In any event, announcements about closings will be broadcast over local AM radio stations WSTP & WSAT. Whenever there is any doubt about sites being open, or a scheduled activity being held, call the Center first at 704-216-7714. If staff members are not on hand to answer your call, an appropriate message will be left on the answering machine. To find out about the rescheduling of activities that are canceled due to bad weather, call the Center once normal operations resume.

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